“They weren’t just staff to me, they were my guardian angels.”
“The first few years of my life can only be described as precarious. The two adults who were supposed to be superheroes in my eyes instead turned out to be more concerned with drugs, alcohol and, for an unfathomable reason, hurting my brothers and I.
At 5 years old, this unsteady cycle of neglect and abuse came to an abrupt halt when Child Crisis Arizona took me into their open arms, and let me tell you, even though I did not realize it at the time, I had never taken a bigger sigh of relief.”
Read Thalia’s adoption story.
Child Crisis Arizona operates the only licensed Emergency Children’s Shelter facility for children age birth through 10 in Maricopa County. The shelter is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, year-round. Children are placed in the shelter through referrals from the Arizona Department of Child Safety and Tribal Social Services, and by community members who for whatever reason may not be able to provide care for their child and need a safe place temporarily.
More than just a place to sleep, Child Crisis Arizona’s home-like shelter meets all of a child’s needs. Specially trained staff and volunteers provide help, comfort, care and support.
Children in the shelter receive:
- Nurturing care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
- Balanced meals and healthy snacks
- Clothing and personal care items
- Medical screenings and attention to health issues, including vaccinations and visits to the doctor and dentists as needed
- Educational support and counseling
While kids are at the shelter, they participate in activities like art, music, dancing and swimming lessons, as well as visits from therapy dogs. Through the generosity of our donors and community partners, children at the shelter and in our foster and adoption programs may also attend field trips to museums, cultural events, attractions and family-friendly activities.
Parents and caregivers experiencing an emergency may rely on the shelter if no other care options are available. The program is open to anyone in need of help caring for their children, based on availability. If you are in need of help, please contact (480) 834-9424